Reactome is one of nine project partners who will be participating in the ORCID Adoption and Integration (A&I) Program, which is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. Reactome depends on collaborations with outside experts to assemble and peer-review its pathway modules. The integration of ORCID within Reactome enables us to meet a key challenge with authoring and curating biological information by incentivizing and crediting the external experts that contribute their expertise and time to the Reactome curation process.
Google Summer of Code 2013 has been officially announced. The Google Summer of Code is a mentoring scheme in which software developers from across the open source community pass on their knowledge to the next generation of coding enthusiasts. This year, the Genome Informatics Group, organizing the joint efforts of Wormbase, Reactome, SeqWare, GMOD, Galaxy, JBrowse, and Gbrowse will apply to participate in this year’s GSoC program. More information on project ideas and the program will be published at the GMOD website. If you have any questions, project suggestions, or interested in mentoring students, please feel free to send a post to the Genome Informatics Google group or contact robin.haw [at] oicr.on.ca. Student applicants will need to wait a little longer until the list of participating organizations is released in March.
The National Science Foundation has awarded new funds to the Gramene project to develop a Plant Reactome.
The National Human Genome Research Institute of the NIH has funded the Reactome program project grant, “Reactome: An Open Knowledgebase of Human Pathways” for an additional five years.
The Genome Informatics group, organizing the joint efforts of Galaxy, GBrowse, Generic Model Organism Database (GMOD), JBrowse, Reactome, Wormbase, and PortEco will be participating in the Google Summer of Code 2012. Here is the complete list of the 180 accepted organizations, chosen by Google to take part in this exciting program. This is a great opportunity for undergraduate students to contribute to the work of these bioinformatics projects, to participate in open source development and to do work related to their academic pursuits during the summer. Students wishing to apply for Google Summer of Code will have the next 10 days to learn more about the accepted projects before student applications open on Monday, March 26, 2012 at 19:00 UTC. More information about the project ideas and the GSoC program is available on the GMOD website. If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to send a post to the Genome Informatics Google Groups.
The Genome Knowledgebase is pleased to announce that the Cell Migration Consortium has granted it a two-year subcontract to develop authoring and editing tools for cellular pathways involved in cell migration.